The Dark Matter of Love


Year: 2013
Country: RUSSIA, USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

Claudio and Cheryl Diaz are real-life, amiable Wisconsinites and loving parents of a bubbly teen. Unable to have more children, they decide to adopt three from Russia—all at once. A self-proclaimed “Disney family,” the Diazes have an idealized view of their lives as a tribe of six. But when they bring their new kids home, Masha, 11, shows no emotion. Marcel and Vadim are five-year-old twins who push every button, literally and figuratively, in the tidy Diaz household. Everybody has a lot of adjusting to do, which is where Dr. Robert Marvin comes in. The gentle doctor, a developmental psychologist, has designed a scientific intervention to help children learn to love, and he helps the Diazes to do things that bring them together. THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE illustrates how they gradually learn to form relationships and rely on other people. The dark matter that makes up most of the universe is invisible; scientists infer its existence. You can’t visualize love either, though you know when it’s there. (In English and Russian with subtitles) —B.B.

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Documentary Features
Recommended for High School +

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Sarah McCarthy

Grace Hughes-Hallett

Sarah McCarthy

Liam Iandoli

John Mister

Director Bio
Sarah McCarthy was born in Sydney and studied film in Australia, graduating with honors. In London she worked in development for the BBC and RDF Media before moving into documentary directing.

Select Filmography
"Murderers on the Dance Floor" (2008), "Black Widow Granny" (2009), "The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical" (2010), THE DARK MATTER OF LOVE (2013)

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Double Bounce Films

This film is presented with the generous support of JACQUIE GAILEY, LISW - ATTACHMENT THERAPIST.

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